Missteps in the Parks

Life in the Parks: "Come Quick! There's Been an Explosion!"

Rangers who both work and live in parks receive some unusual after-hours phone calls, but this one was guaranteed to get my adrenalin flowing: The woman on the line was nearly hysterical, but her message got right to the point: "Come quick! There's been an explosion!"

Alcohol, a Horse and a Cliff Don't Mix at Buffalo National River

We're all familiar with the admonition "Don't Drink and Drive," but similar advice applies if the "horsepower" involved is of the four-legged variety. Rescuers at the Buffalo National River had to contend with a heavily intoxicated man who was seriously injured after he—and his horse—fell over a cliff.

Ill-Advised Leap Leads to Rescue from the Subway at Zion National Park

In the city, "don't jump from the subway" is good advice, but in Zion National Park, the caution is don't jump in the Subway. A hiker made an ill-advised leap in a remote location known as the Subway Route, and the resulting injury led to an unplanned night in the boonies and a rescue.

Doggone! Car with Canine Aboard Goes Over the Edge at Crater Lake National Park

If dogs could talk, this one would have quite a tale to tell. The canine was inside a car which rolled over the edge of the caldera at Crater Lake National Park and plunged about 1,100 feet down the steep slope. What was left of the vehicle ended up in the lake, but incredibly, the dog escaped with only minor injuries.

What's in Pandora's Box? For One Visitor at Capitol Reef National Park, the Answer was: "Trouble."

An old myth took a different twist at Capitol Reef National Park recently when a canyoneer confirmed that getting into Pandora's Box can have unintended consequences, and it proved to be a lot easier to get into a tight spot that back out of it.

Climber Dies in Fall In Rocky Mountain National Park

A climber making an ascent of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park died in a fall of roughly 800 feet Friday, according to park officials.

You Can't Always, or Fairly, Blame Technology For Visitor Woes in National Parks

The New York Times got a lot of mileage with its story this week about technology leading visitors into harm's way in national parks, but that's really not the case, is it? Wouldn't it be more correct to say people lead themselves into harm's way more often than not?

Update: Missing Georgia Hiker Surfaces in Denali National Park and Preserve

There's a happy ending to that search for a missing hiker in Denali National Park and Preserve: John MacGregor walked out of the wilderness Wednesday afternoon with some hikers he ran into.

Dumb Crooks, National Parks Version

One might think that people who are involved in illegal activities would try to avoid attracting the attention of the Proper Authorities, but fortunately for the sake of law and order, that's not always the case. Three cases of Dumb and Dumber from separate parks confirm that crime still doesn't pay.

Fall On Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park Proves Deadly to Rhode Island Man

A 29-year-old Rhode Island man high on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park fell upwards of 300 feet to his death, park officials said Friday.

Angler Dies After Falling Into Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park

An angler from Iowa died in Yellowstone National Park after falling into the Yellowstone River near Mud Volcano, according to park officials.

Man Somehow Survives Being Swept Over Waterfall In Yosemite National Park

Cool water can be awfully tempting on a hot summer day, but a group of young men walked away with citations -- and their lives -- after frolicking in Chilnualna Creek in Yosemite National Park.

Update: SPOT To The Rescue: Hiker With Broken Leg Summons Help With SPOT

There's another happy SPOT customer in the world today. A hiker who slid on a snowfield in Rocky Mountain National Park and broke his leg was able to summon rescuers with this pocket-sized emergency beacon.

Arizona Man Dies in Fall at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A 23-year-old Arizona man was killed when he fell about 70 feet while hiking in a canyon at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Search Being Scaled Back for Missing Climber in Mount Rainier National Park

Another search-and-rescue operation in the National Park System has been scaled back due to a lack of success, this time in Mount Rainier National Park where a climber went missing Thursday.

Search Suspended for Missing Hiker in Joshua Tree National Park

After a week of fruitless searching, authorities at Joshua Tree National Park on Friday suspended a search for a Georgia man who disappeared on a hike.

Search Under Way for Missing Climber on Mount Rainier

A search was under way Friday for a 57-year-old climber missing on Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park authorities said.

Search Enters Sixth Day for Man Missing In Joshua Tree National Park

After five days of searching in 100-degree-plus weather in Joshua Tree National Park, searchers have no clues as to what happened to a 65-year-old Georgia man.

Uprooted Tree Sends Two Men into Snake River, Grand Teton National Park Rangers to the Rescue

Swift currents and an uprooted tree proved a tricky combination for two Wyoming men, who found themselves needing a rescue from Grand Teton National Park rangers after their boat capsized in the Snake River.

Glacier National Park Rangers Search For Woman Who Fell Into Creek

A search was under way Friday evening for a woman seen falling into Virginia Creek in Glacier National Park.

Still No Resolution In Hunt For Missing Man in Yellowstone National Park

Search efforts are ongoing in Yellowstone National Park for an Oklahoma man who is thought to have vanished into the park's backcountry during the long Memorial Day weekend.

Belgian Climber Falls 100 Feet To His Death on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

A Belgian mountaineer leading an ascent up a technical section of Cassin Ridge on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park fell roughly 100 feet to his death when his anchor seemingly failed, park officials said Tuesday.

No Sign of Missing Oklahoman in Yellowstone National Park

Searchers so far have been unable to find any sign of a 25-year-old Oklahoma man thought to be missing somewhere in the northern range of Yellowstone National Park, officials said Friday.

Oklahoma Man Thought To Be Missing in Yellowstone National Park

A 25-year-old Oklahoma man is thought to be missing in Yellowstone National Park, officials said Tuesday.

Calving Glacier Injures Two Hikers In Glacier Bay National Park

Two hikers who were exploring the backcountry of Glacier Bay National Park are recovering today from injuries sustained when ice from a calving glacier struck them.

Two Killed By Backcountry Avalanche in Denali National Park and Preserve

Two men climbing in the Ruth Gorge area of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve were killed when an avalanche swept down upon them, park officials said Monday.

Problems Lead to Helicopter Evacuations of Climbers Off Mount McKinley in Denali National Park

Climbing rangers and helicopter pilots have been busy during the past week rescuing climbers on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Updated: Two Ice Climbers Die in Fall Into Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Two Montana men ice climbing in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park apparently fell several hundred feet to their deaths Monday.

Updated: Timpanogos Cave National Monument Employee Killed By Fall

A day after a National Park Service employee died in a fall at Timpanogos Cave National Monument agency officials decided to halt cave tours through the weekend while they investigated the accident.

French Climber Dies in Fall on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve

A French climber working his way up Mount McKinley fell to his death while trying to stop a sled holding his gear from sliding off a section of the West Buttress, according to Denali National Park and Preserve officials.
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